LERN Annual Conference Daily News

Thu, Nov 20,2014 @ 07:39 AM
by LERN |


New era begins.
Conference goes blended.

A new era in LERN conferences begins today. The conference is now blended, incorporating new online features. Attendees will now use the conference mobile app, even during sessions. And many of you participated in sessions in the online classroom before the conference. The big innovations:
1. Session slides and handouts are now on the mobile app, and available online.
2. Quizzes for CEUs and graduate credit are now on the mobile app and online.
3. Preconference sessions were held in the LERN online classroom.

Over 60 participated in a Mastering the LERN Model online pre-conference class. The online event helped attendees, especially first time attendees and people new to the field, to understand the terminology, definitions and formulas used in lifelong learning.

Another group met online to hear more about the Parkway-Rockwood consolidation of programs, which is winning an International Award at the conference.

Welcome! Glad you are here!

Welcome to the most exciting week of the year in lifelong learning!  This is the only conference where you can meet and get fresh ideas from lifelong learning professionals in institutions other than your own. Enjoy the interaction.

Avoid the Rush. Register today.

Registration is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Avoid the Friday morning rush and lines, register today and save some time.

You’re invited. Come to Leader Retreat today.

You are invited and welcome to attend the LERN Leader Retreat today, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room Asia 1.

Come find out the exciting things going on with LERN. Then add your ideas.

Under Age 36?
Meet with our Future Leaders Council from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room Asia 1.  

Cathy Noonan, City of San Jose, California, Chair of the LERN Board of Directors this year.

Blues Artist Bobby Blackmon performs at LERN All-Conference Reception

All conference participants are invited to the All-Conference Reception from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today in the Exhibit Hall, room South Hemisphere I-III. Hear blues artist Beautiful Bobby Blackmon and meet others. 

Some Tickets Left

A few tickets are available to the private President’s reception. The $10 ticket includes sparkling water, wine and cheese. The reception is tomorrow afternoon, Friday, starting at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. Check the Publications booth for tickets.

Get to know the hotel today. Tomorrow the pace picks up.

This is the day to figure out where the general sessions and the Exhibit Hall are, and how to get around the hotel.

First Timer?

We’re glad you are here. This is a unique conference with practical, how-to information unlike any other.
We have a special session today from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. just for First Timers (everyone welcome), Getting the Most from the LERN Conference, in room N. Hemisphere E4. We will give you tips on how to make the most of the conference, including benchmarks and terms.

No charge to attend this session.

Late Afternoon Sessions
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Getting the Most from the LERN Conference

4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Get to Know Walt Disney World
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.:  All Conference Reception

We start on time

The Opening Session begins promptly at 8 a.m. Friday morning.

Exhibit Hall Opens Tomorrow

Exhibits, publications, poster displays and more.

Tweet the Conference

Tweet the conference at #lern14

Wifi in the Hall of Learning

Login to the LERN 2014 network using exhibits2014 as the password. 

How to get the Conference Mobile app.

  •          Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace
  •          Open the app on your mobile device
  •          Click Download Guides
  •          Type LERN in the search box at the top and tap the LERN logo when it appears

How to Download the App to your Laptop

  •          Go to
  •          Click “find a guide” (upper right hand part of the page)
  •          Type in LERN and select the LERN Conference 2014
  •          Click the button that says “web.”

Sense of Community

The LERN annual conference is a time to renew that sense of community. It is an opportunity to re-energize, to make or renew friendships, to gain support. We’re glad you are here.

Today’s Schedule

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Pre-Conference Seminar Registration

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Pre-Conference Seminars

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  Conference Registration

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: LERN Leader Retreat
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Future Leaders Meeting
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Getting the Most from the LERN Conference

4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.:  Get to Know Walt Disney World

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.:  All Conference Reception, South Hemisphere I-III




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